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Insects (assorted) Page 14

Image Taken on 29 Sep 2009 at 11:16    Image of day on 05 Nov 2009

A visitor spotted a 7 spot ladybird hiding in the depth of one of these fir cones, and search revealed several out and about.

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Image Taken on 07 Mar 2014 at 16:29    Image of day on 20 Apr 2014

We are seeing quite a lot of 7-spot Ladybirds (and so far very few Harlequins). We rather like this portrayal on the top of a Hazel catkin along with 2 of the tiny red (female) flowers. The ladybird is visible speckled with the air-dispersed pollen.
We have used flash here to make the shaded insect visible.

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Image Taken on 24 Jul 2018 at 15:32    Image of day on 13 Sep 2018

An unusual sighting for us is this 22 spot Ladybird walking over the sharp spines of the thistle leaf with zero concern. Despite its outlandish appearance this is a wholly British species rather than a Harlequin variant.

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Image of day on 05 Apr 2005

The ladybirds mating on an evergreen on an unexpected warm and sunny day.

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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006 at 14:15    Image of day on 21 Apr 2006

These Ladybirds are definitely in the mood for love on the first really warm day.

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2014 at 10:01    Image of day on 16 Sep 2014

This Spotted Cranefly is described as a common pest in gardens, but we think it is rather lovely.

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2015 at 12:52    Image of day on 06 Sep 2015

On the stem of an Iris at the main pond was perched this attractive Spotted Cranefly.

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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2011 at 10:56    Image of day on 02 Jun 2011

Why is the starling flying away from the hole leading to the nest in the loft?
Well he turned up, found his 'wife' already inside, flew off and perched on a nearby pipe, the lady departed and he then went in with this food

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Image Taken on 12 May 2013 at 08:44    Image of day on 23 Jun 2013

The Starlings in the loft space have been feeding the noisy youngsters from dawn until dusk. The parents sometimes stop on the roof ridge with their current offerings. Here is a photogenic load - a large caterpillar - rather than a bundle of squishy worms .

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Image Taken on 10 May 2010 at 12:51    Image of day on 15 Jun 2010

Other beakful's include various caterpillars and mixes of flies, caterpillars and spiders.

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 13:49    Image of day on 02 Dec 2014

Recently fledged juvenile Swallows perch on tree branches or cables, to be fed by the adults without them even landing
Here the adult in flight has delivered a beakful of insects to the perched juvenile, but a lucky one escaped and can be seen flying away. View the montage as pairs of birds left to right.

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Image Taken on 14 Aug 2011 at 14:40    Image of day on 30 Sep 2011

2 minutes later, without at the time making any connection, we took this image of such a parasitic fly nearby. These flies feed on nectar, but lay their eggs inside various (it seems mostly moth) caterpillars which the subsequent larvae eat from the inside. Yuck! We can't be sure of a connection, but we will be watching.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2010 at 12:16    Image of day on 29 Sep 2010

This wonderful fly came to our attention. It is about 15mm long, looks wonderful, but is parasitic (lays eggs inside other creatures) so not very endearing.

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Image Taken on 31 May 2011 at 12:30    Image of day on 01 Jul 2011

While we were watching the butterfly, this Thick-legged Flower Beetle got in on the act. According to some books this is the male, the females not sporting the leg bulges, but the descriptions get muddled into another species & we are not sure.

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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2019 at 15:27    Image of day on 23 Jul 2019

This is the first sighting here for 8 years (last time in May 2011) of one of these Thick-legged Flower Beetles. Several seen since this sighting.

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2016 at 13:32    Image of day on 16 Aug 2016

A collection of insect life on a Cow Parsley flower head.
The bulbous green legs of the Thick-Legged Flower Beetle only appear on the male.
It is almost unusual to see a single Red Soldier Beetle - they are usually seen as a riot of mating pairs!

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2007 at 14:50    Image of day on 23 Jul 2007

These iridescent beetles really catch the eye. At the time we unknowingly photographed male (bulbous legs) and female 3 minutes apart on the same patch. Get to it!

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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2015 at 16:20    Image of day on 07 Aug 2015

Tree Bumble Bees are gradually introducing themselves to the UK. We are finding dozens on a stretch of Green Alkanet along our farm track. This individual would fly for us but she always took off flying backwards. The left and right images are about 150mS apart from the same flight, and we have slipped in another flight between them to make a satisfactory montage. We would have 'photoshopped' the insects box on the right for something more natural if we could have done it convincingly, but in the end 'truth' won out. Nobody got stung - we handle our guests with kindness.

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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2015 at 18:15    Image of day on 05 Aug 2015

We believe this 'Tree Bumblebee' to be new species here for us, and is a 'self introduction to the UK over the past 10 years. No bee like this appears in any of our now venerable insect ID books. Along the track edge in sunshine is a strip of 'Green Alkanet' with pretty blue flowers that was hosting about 50 similar bees - the most bees we have seen on this patch for years. Hurrah!
We didn't recognise them at the time but took some photos as they fed on the tiny flowers, just measured as 1cm across, and showing a bit lighter here than as viewed by the eye because the exposure is adjusted for the dark Bee body.

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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2015 at 18:16    Image of day on 05 Aug 2015

A Tree Bumblebee flying to a Green Alkanet flower. The partly shaded flower at top left more represents the flower's colour than those in full sunlight overexposed to properly image the bee.

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